Ethiopian Airlines, formerly known as Ethiopian Air Lines (EAL), is the national airline of Ethiopia and is entirely controlled by the government of that nation. It was established on December 21st, 1945, and started flying on April 8th, 1946. In 1951, they started flying internationally. Ethiopian Airlines was the new name for the corporation once it transitioned from Ethiopian Air Lines to a public company in 1965. Ethiopian Airlines joined the Star Alliance in December 2011 and is currently a member.
The hub and corporate office of Ethiopian Airlines are located at Bole International Airport in Addis Abeba. Which it offers service to a network of 125 passenger destinations, 20 of which are domestic, and 44 freighter destinations.
Ethiopian Airlines is the biggest airline in Africa in terms of revenue, fleet size, destinations served, and passenger volume. It is the fourth-largest airline in the world in terms of the number of destinations it serves.
When the Ethiopia-United States Mapping Mission set out to collect topographic maps of Ethiopia in the early 1960s, the carrier gave it some initial aviation support. In 1965, the company changed its name from Ethiopian Air Lines to Ethiopian Airlines and transitioned from being a corporation to a public company.
Ethiopian Airlines received a formal invitation to join Star Alliance at the end of September 2010 under the guidance of Lufthansa. After South African Airways and EgyptAir, this carrier joined the alliance in December 2011 to become its third African member and 28th overall.
Mesfin Tassew is chosen by the airline’s board of directors to serve as CEO on March 24, 2022. Since 1984, Mesfin has been employed by Ethiopian Airlines. Additionally, he served as the CEO of A sky Airlines, one of Ethiopian Airlines’ key allies.
The Ethiopian government declared in 2018 that it would partially or completely privatize a number of state-owned businesses. It includes Ethiopian Airlines while maintaining a controlling share in other significant businesses, such as the airline. The Ministry of Finance delayed the state-owned airline’s planned privatization in October 2020.
In July 2017, the Ethiopian government restructured the airline into a wholly owned aviation holding company. The goals were to increase productivity, raise customer service standards, and simplify long-term planning. The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE), the passenger airline, cargo airline, logistics company, the Ethiopian aviation academy, the Ethiopian in-flight catering services, the Ethiopian MRO services, and the Ethiopian hotel and tourism services made comprised the founding group.
ShebaMiles, an Ethiopian Airlines frequent flyer program, and Miles & More, a Lufthansa frequent flyer program, partnered in October 2007. This allowed members of each program to accrue and use miles on the networks of both airlines.
Food and complementary refreshments are offered to passengers in both classes on every trip. Depending on the duration of the flight and the time of day. The food service may include hot meals, hot or cold snacks, or light refreshments. Additionally, unique drinks can be ordered at an additional cost. The Ethiopian airline also provides a variety of cuisine options for travelers who have unique dietary needs.